Teaching Resources

The goal of Wyoming AgrAbility is to inform, educate, and assist ranchers, farmers, and farm workers with disabilities and their families so that they can continue doing what they love—ranching and farming. This fact sheet has adaptations that will also be useful for gardeners and home handypersons with visual impairments.

Source: Wyoming AgrAbility

Advice for prevention of vision loss includes wearing sunglasses, eating a healthy diet, installing good lighting, and much more. Also available in French.

Source: Canadian National Institute for the Blind (CNIB)

This paper offers "suggestions for modifying science instruction and instructional materials to meet the learning needs of visually impaired students," with "relevant examples in physical, chemical and biological sciences"; includes discussion of policy implications, alternative assessment and educational technology.

Source: Electronic Journal of Science Education

Here you'll find low-cost adaptation kits to bring meaning to science lessons for students with visual impairments. MDW also provides training workshops for staff working with blind science students. Also on this page, the Out of Sight book of science experiments for grades 2-5.

Part of the Perkins Webinar series, this presentation provides an overview of the "5-E format" of an inquiry lesson, and discusses recent research on inquiry-based education for students with visual impairments.

Source: Perkins eLearning

This article describes people with visual impairments who have become successful in many scientific fields, including engineering, physics, oceanography, chemistry, and astrophysics.

Source: Access World, American Federation of the Blind (AFB)

This video clip from WSSB shows Greg Williams, Ph.D., from Independence Science discusses how to safely organize and set up a laboratory bench for students who are blind or visually impaired.

Source: Washington State School for the Blind

This article discusses the use of sound, touch, and smell to study nature and science.

Source: Natural History Education, Science, Technology (NHEST)

Geerat J. Vermeij, a blind marine biologist who teaches at the University of California at Davis, discusses what a blind person needs in order to succeed in science.

Source: Braille Monitor (2004) National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Three online courses are available to help "teachers make their classrooms universal and accessible to students with and without disabilities." The section on learners who are blind or visually impaired includes advice for making the science classroom and curriculum accessible.

Source: The Center for Assistive Technology and Environmental Access

This article describes a submersible audible light sensor, which is a hand-held device that emits an audio signal that tracks reactions in a solution in real time.

This chart has one section of tests that are specific to visual impairment and one section that is not.  Information is provided on each type of test, including a list of  its strengths and weaknesses.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

A recording of Faye Gonzalez's 2014 presentation on integrating sensory and literacy activities to improve communication skills. Continuing Education credits may be purchased, but the content is freely available.

Source: Perkins eLearning Webinar

This site offers links to numerous articles, including "Preemies and Sensory Integration", "Adoption and Sensory Integration", and more.

Source: Come Unity

Occupational Therapist Linda C. Stephens provides an overview of some of the ways sensory integrative problems manifest themselves, including sensory defensiveness, activity levels, and behavior.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired(TSBVI)

This interactive training module presents the challenge of what to do to accommodate a student with a visual impairment in one’s classroom.  It is made up of five components: a Challenge (realistic scenario), Initial Thoughts (first response to the scenario), Perspectives and Resources (nuggets of information), Assessment (a self-evaluation tool), and Wrap up (summary of the information).

Source: The IRIS Center, Vanderbilt University

Eileen Hammar and Anne Malatchi list seven ways to make the IEP team an effective one; available in Spanish.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

Handwriting tips, techniques, and adaptations, as well as information about helpful products.

Source: VisionAware

A 122-page planning guide for implementing skills development and access to work for people with disabilities.

Source: International Labour Organization (ILO)

This webpage offers guidelines for determining the best intervention for sleep disorders; includes links to related resources and articles.

Source: Utah Collaborative Medical Home Project